Veteran linebacker Dont’a Hightower won’t join the New England Patriots in the upcoming season. He released a statement to explain his decision. According to Hightower, it was a hard decision, but he had to do the best for his family.
“Pats Nation, you have supported me unconditionally of the last 8 years. Through Super Bowl Victories (3 of em!), season ending injuries, the occasional boomtower TD, strip sacks, charity events and everything in between. I appreciate that support more than you know, and I appreciate that same support and understanding now more than ever.
“This wasn’t an easy decision, or one I made lightly, but I do feel that it’s the best decision for my family at this time. I’m so grateful for the support of my teammates and coaches as well, and I will try to continue to lead and help as much as I can. 2020 has been a challenging year for our world. I hope you can all continue to be a light in these dark times — more light and great times are ahead. Thank you and stay safe!”
The Patriots need to replace Dont’a Hightower
Hightower and five other Patriots players have opted out of the upcoming season. Marcus Cannon and safety Patrick Chung are also out.
This opens a few empty spots on the Patriots roster, and the team may try to get some talented players. Jadeveon Clowney is an option. He may join the Patriots as a replacement for Hightower. Well, the team has enough cap space and they may use this to get some talented players.
The next period will be tough and challenging for the Patriots. They lost a lot of valuable players in the offseason. Many players decided to opt-out of the season, leaving head coach Bill Belichick with a few more options. Let’s see how will the Patriots handle the season. It will be tough. Challenging. But the Patriots can do this and much more. They need to win a championship. They would win the first title without Tom Brady. It’s a nice scenario, and Belichick is serious about his next title.